Robustness, how tough is this thing?

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Dave - will post some pics for you on Monday, but here’s a few points of info as we wrap up our weekend testing -

TextBlade packs really well in jean pockets, and generally the same common sense rules apply as with phones.

It’s much smaller than a phone, so it can even go in the coin pocket. Just as with phones, you want to put it in the front pockets rather than the back. Sitting on a phone is not a good idea, and the same applies here.

The polycarbonate is much stronger, and the walls much thicker than with conventional laptop keytops. They resist breakage of the retainer features quite a bit better than laptop keytops.

The SpaceBlade contains the battery, so it is a rigid body with a drawn stainless steel casing. The battery and steel casing are resin-composited together to get a very strong monoblock structure. There are also two additional steel stampings that increase beam strength, and torsional rigidity. At 4 mm gross height, it’s thinner than a phone, so like a phone, you don’t want to bend it over an edge. When it’s carried in the bundle of all three blades during transport, its further protected. The polycarbonate SpaceBlade cover forms a protective perimeter shock zone around the steel / battery composite, so it survives drop on its corners well.

The keyblades are incredibly light - less than half an ounce each, so they survive drop many times higher than a phone. The polycarbonate KeyBlade base is designed to flex without damage, (you can actually bend them a lot), yet they deliver the lowest profile full travel keyboard around.

The highest stress drop event would be dropping the whole bundle of three blades latched together and in the NanoStand sleeve, with one of the exposed corners striking first. The collective mass of the three blades carries more kinetic energy than a single loose blade, and the battery in the SpaceBlade is the heaviest single component.

Still, the aggregate mass is just 1.5 oz, so it’s much lighter than a 6S at 4.5 oz… The light weight and tougher materials mean that it handily survives events that would totally trash your phone screen. So - much more durable than a typical phone.

If you drop the bundle just right, it’s possible to pop one of the keytops, if the frameless corner hits at the required angle. It’s actually part of the progressive stress relief design to react that way under shock. But if it pops, now you can just snap the keytop back on and you’re good to go.

Ran lots of life cycle and abuse tests, and have some video of that. Will try to post some tidbits in the next few days.

As to your question about a full sheath that covers the total length - we designed and built some of those early on, but we discovered that their extra bulk noticeably affects the benefit proposition of amazingly small and light. So we came up with another way to provide total protection for rough-house handling use cases.

We’ll post some pics of that, and it will also be available from first ship if you want to config it in your shipment. Would imagine that you’d probably like to do that.


Are you talking about the whole thing, or the stand? Unless I’m mistaken, this is less than 50 grams.

The whole thing. It weighs one third of an iPhone 6S.


Looking forward to those videos!

Dave - some pix of TextBlade with an iPhone 6+ to illustrate protection.

First - a scale reference. TextBlade itself is really small compared to a phone.

Next, here’s the NanoStand around the blades. The polycarbonate sheath / stainless steel cover weighs only a few grams. Adds just a few percent to the total volume. One end remains open during transport.

Now to your query - what if I want to fully encase my TextBlade?

NanoStand is this specific size for a reason.

Easter Egg! Two NanoStands can fit on TextBlade concurrently, completely encasing each end in a stainless steel-jacketed shock absorber.

This effectively armors it against impact on any edge or corner of the blades.

Handles very severe drops and impacts, yet it remains small and super lightweight.

Also lets you put your phone and tablet side by side, with fast switching between them (very cool setup).

You can also mix and match regular and XL NanoStands to suit. They both fit. Notice how they nest together and tuck tightly around the TextBlade without wasting any volume.

See also how the overlapping slopes form a reinforcing truss structure to resist beam load.

Official cases cost a lot. Not NanoStand. At 7 bucks, it’s not expensive.

Pretty good deal, and super space efficient. Got a patent on this too.

Hope you like it :blush:


Old news but still cool :wink:

Man, that same poor guy from the big blog post with the 44k unread emails…


Having two NanoStands is likely useful for making a tablet more stable.

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Thanks WayTools, very interesting.

While thinking about the keyblades I hadn’t considered how strong the more solid spaceblade is and how that lends a lot of strength to the stack.

Love seeing a large photo with two stands fitted. I already ordered two because;

  • They’re cheap
  • Wanted to have both size options to try from day one.

I’ll probably keep both stands on for protection, nice to see the large photo with both fitted. For me I think it’s probably worth the extra bulk for complete protection against every day wear and tear.

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Is that the surprise?

What is the eta? Any things done from the punch list?

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Apparently it’s pretty tough and invisible…

Old news from May in fact.

Coolio. I just added a nanostand XL to my order. Protects my textblade better, and I am compatible with more sizes in the field :smile:

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I meant, maybe we’ll get two stands as a gift instead of one :smile:


Johnsmith - fitting 2 stands has been on the NanoStand spec sheet from inception. What we didn’t discuss is how the two are designed to interlock to form a steel jacketed safety shell that encases and protects the entire TextBlade.

The steel / polycarbonate composite twin-case is really tough.

Im more counting on 2 TBs for 1, after all this trouble.

can we add to our original order using a different card without losing our place in the queue

One thing you cannot add without losing your place in the queue is additional Textblades. Accessories do not affect your place.

I made such a change as I added an extra XL stand. The way it actually works is that assuming the order amount changes you get a refund of the original charge followed by a new charge for the new amount. If the order amount does not change (e.g. changing stand, or keyboard layout) then the change is simply recorded.